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Rumba (2008)

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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Fate starts making trouble for a high-spirited young couple in this wildly offbeat French comedy. Dom (Dominique Abel) and Fiona (Fiona Gordon) spend their days as teachers at a grade school in a small town, and by night they motor off to the big city and dazzle the crowds at dance contests with their moves on the floor. After picking up a trophy at a competition one evening, Dom and Fiona are driving home when a man with a death wish dashes into the road. They manage to avoid hitting him, but

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The story plays out with an absolute minimum of dialogue, and the visual gags are highly inventive. In a comedy market dominated by crudity, sarcasm, and smug pop-culture references, laughs this pure hit like lightning.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's not terrifically funny, but then how could it be? The influence of Jacques Tati abides in the material, without his sunniness.

August 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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This charming, affectionately crafted and gleefully unfashionable comic miniature from writing/directing troupe Abel, Gordon and Romy slips down a treat.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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* If you've ever laughed at and revelled in the films of Buster Keaton or Harold Lloyd or Jacques Tati, then Rumba will seem a delightful blast from the silent past.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A near-silent Belgian farce about a married pair of competitive Latin dancers whose lives go badly but amusingly awry, Rumba features plenty of fancy footwork.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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A delight.

May 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

It's impossible not to love these weirdos.

October 21, 2009 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

The comedy is blackish at times, but is always informed by the film's essential spirit, which is cheerful bordering on cutesy.

August 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Funny, inventive, extremely touching and never cruel. It flirts with tragedy, without becoming morbid.

August 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The film combines a loony tunes cruelty with the precise comic choreography of the great movie clowns.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

You will need to be a little patient and indulgent with this brand of comedy, but its sweetness of nature will win you round.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

From the moments of bravura comedy to the tightly plotted series of coincidences, Rumba is a reminder just how powerful a medium it can be.

July 31, 2009
Little White Lies

The film's innate sense of humour and the naïve poetry of its making, which admittedly sometimes descends into whimsy, provide a resolutely optimistic feel.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Remember the comedy of Jacques Tati? Okay, how's about the wordless wackiness of Benny Hill? That is what the filmmaking trio of Rumba ape in this often laugh out loud funny romcom.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon prove worthy heirs to the gangly genius of Jacques Tati in this surreal comic gem.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The film could be cleverer, funnier, better-timed. Où sont les Tatis d'antan? But Gordon and Abel - she an anorexic Tilda Swinton, he a slightly squashed version of John Gordon Sinclair (Gregory's Girl) - are appealing comic presences.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Some of the elaborate routines of escalating chaos raise a sympathetic smile but mostly Rumba feels like being forced to watch a mime artist for an hour and quarter.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express | Comment (1)
Daily Express

Likeable, offbeat and frequently very funny Franco-Belgian comedy, though its Jacques Tati-style buffoonery occasionally misfires and might prove too whimsical for some tastes.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

A droll, near wordless and, at times, ingeniously staged comedy.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Despite having the bleakest of themes, this charming absurdist treat will put a Tati-esque skip in your step.

July 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

I might have enjoyed Rumba more if the filmmakers' enthusiasm was reigned in. A tighter, much shorter bit of true whimsy could have been the result.

July 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Jacques Tati with dance!

July 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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